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Venues North

Venues North is a network of venues from across the North of England who are committed to supporting artists to create new work. Our aim is to work together as venues to support new and emerging artists from the North to get their work more widely seen regionally, nationally and internationally.

By new work, we mean new theatre and performance, usually devised work or new writing, or work that explores the boundaries of theatrical form.

Venues North is not a closed network or an exclusive group of venues, but open to any venue in the North that shares this commitment to artist development and new work.

Current members include:

• ARC, Stockton
• Bolton Octagon, Bolton
• Brewery Arts Centre, Kendal
• Carriageworks, Leeds
• Cast, Doncaster
• Contact , Manchester
• Creative Scene, Kirklees
• Gala Theatre, Durham
• Gosforth Civic Theatre, Newcastle
• Harrogate Theatre, Harrogate
• HOME, Manchester
• Hull Truck Theatre, Hull
• Interplay, Leeds
• Lawrence Batley Theatre, Huddersfield
• Leeds Central Library
• Leeds Playhouse, Leeds
• Live Art Bistro, Leeds
• Live Theatre, Newcastle
• Local Theatre, Sheffield
• Northern Stage, Newcastle
• Oldham Coliseum, Oldham
• Oldham Library Studio, Oldham
• Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester
• Sheffield Theatres, Sheffield
• Slung Low's HUB, Leeds
• Square Chapel Arts Centre, Halifax
• Stephen Joseph Theatre, Scarborough
• Sunderland Culture Company, Washington
• The Civic, Barnsley
• The Dukes, Lancaster
• The Edge Theatre and Arts Centre, Chorlton
• The Lowry, Salford
• The Octagon, University of Sheffield, Sheffield
• Theatre by the Lake, Keswick
• Theatre Delicatessen, Sheffield
• Theatre in the Mill, Bradford
• Unity Theatre, Liverpool
• University of Salford, Salford
• Viaduct Theatre, Halifax
• Waterside Arts , Sale
• York Theatre Royal, York
• Z-arts, Manchester

The group was brought together and is chaired by ARC’s Chief Executive, Annabel Turpin, and meets regularly to share best practice around artist development. It recently published Routes In: A Guide to Getting New Work Programmed in the North of England, which is available to download here.

Edinburgh Festival Guide

Every year, Venues North produce a guide to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. It includes work presented at the Fringe that has been supported in its development by one or more Venues North members.

You can download this year’s guide here or view it below.

You can download the 2018 guide here, 2017 guide here, 2016 guide here, and the 2015 guide here.


For more details please contact Annabel Turpin